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Google releases a day-one patch for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Google has already rolled out a firmware update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. (Image source: Google)
Google has already rolled out a firmware update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have started shipping to those who pre-ordered Google's latest flagships. There is a big day-one patch to install once you unbox your new smartphone though, and one that will take a minimum of 25 minutes to finish.

Google and retailers have started shipping the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro following a particularly protracted teaser period. As predicted by Mishaal Rahman, Google has issued a day-one update for the pair, which it is distributing as SD1A.210817.036, appended with '.A8' if you bought the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro through Verizon.

Unfortunately, Google has not explained what it has added with SD1A.210817.036. However, in a blog post, it writes that the update brings all advertised features to the Pixel 6 series. Hence, it seems that SD1A.210817.036 is the Pixel 6 series' release software, with everything else being pre-release builds.

As usual, you can download SD1A.210817.036 from within Settings under System/System update. Google states that the update will take between 25 and 50 minutes to finish depending on your network speed. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro should receive a notification to download SD1A.210817.036. If that is not the case, you can manually trigger it by selecting 'Check for update' once you have navigated to the 'System update' sub-menu.

Additionally, SD1A.210817.036 contains the November 2021 security patch. Incidentally, Google also recommends updating your apps in the Play Store after installing SD1A.210817.036, as many have received Pixel 6-specific improvements and features. 

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-27 (Update: 2021-10-27)